Cybersecurity and the workplace

In my last blog post on August 20th this year, one of the Lynda.com links I included was a course in Cybersecurity at work.  Since then some major New Zealand companies such as the NZ Stock Exchange and the Metservice have been affected by cyber attacks.  I hope the courses included here will give some guidance on how you can protect your company.  Also if you are thinking of getting into the industry, I’ve included some insights from a cybersecurity professional.

Cybersecurity for small and medium sized businesses: Essential training   Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework—an international standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology—Kristin Judge takes you through a five-step process that can help you better secure your business.  The course runs for roughly 1 1/2 hours and is at a beginners level and includes topics such as Protecting valuable data and accounts, recovering from a breach,  and technology checklists for small and medium businesses.

Cybersecurity Foundations .  This 2 hour course uploaded this year is designed to help you  in assessing  and mitigating risks using various cybersecurity frameworks and control standards, such as NIST, COBIT 5, and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Malcolm details pertinent cyber threats and how they operate, including how cyber criminals hide their attacks, how advanced persistent threats (APTs) work, and even how to determine what’s real and what’s merely cyber fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).  (intermediate level)

The cybersecurity threat landscape.   This Marc Menninger 1 hour beginner’s course describes some of the most common cybersecurity threats, including phishing and ransomware, as well as newer attack vectors like cryptojacking, cloud-based threats, and unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. He then teaches the best countermeasures for reducing or eliminating the impact of these threats.

Learning supply chain cybersecurity.    In this hour long intermediate level course, Dr. Emma Osborn discusses how supply chains are evolving, and the different ways that businesses within the supply chain interact. She reviews examples of real-world supply chains and uses these to explore how the scope of cybersecurity risk is creeping past traditional organizational boundaries. You can then learn some approaches for managing relationships and improving supply chain security, discovering what works best for each scenario.

And finally, Insights from a cybersecurity professional.  In this interview-style course, Mike Chapple answers questions such as…How does one break into the cybersecurity field? What are the various career tracks? How do organizations prevent a security breach? What are the compliance issues? Who is responsible for security in the cloud? and How does IT security impact other business divisions?

Work skills you will need in the post-pandemic world

I’ve been reading a few articles which discuss the personal attributes the new “worker” will need in the coming years and the following come up again and again. I’ve chosen to highlight a few Lynda.com courses freely available with your Wellington City Libraries’ card.

 Developing adaptability as a Manager 

The business world is changing faster than ever, with digital transformation and disruption everywhere. Being adaptable is a foundational skill for managers, which enables them to respond to change in positive, resilient ways and seize new opportunities. Join author and professor Dorie Clark, as she introduces strategies for becoming a more adaptable leader. Learn how to monitor for change in order to better prepare for it, hone your skills, and create a more adaptable team that is innovative and responsive to change.

Leading with emotional intelligence

Emotions are all around us in the office, and it’s important for leaders to understand how to harness them to cultivate productivity and positive relationships. In this course, Britt Andreatta shares how to boost your emotional quotient (EQ) to better lead teams, work with peers, and manage up. Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it factors in at work, and discover concrete techniques for raising your own EQ. This includes perceiving yourself accurately, exercising emotional self-control, understanding and managing your triggers, and developing empathy. Then, turn those lessons around to build your awareness of others and become a more inspiring—and effective—leader.

Cybersecurity at work

Cybersecurity isn’t solely within your IT department’s purview. If you own a smartphone, work on a computer, or use the internet, then you’re exposed to a variety of security risks on a daily basis. In this course, instructor Caroline Wong details what these threats are and what you can do about them—both to protect yourself and your organization. In a series of engaging scenarios, Caroline shines a spotlight on some of the most common security risks you’ll encounter in your personal and work life, as well as how to mitigate them. Learn how to identify and avoid phishing, malware, and social engineering attacks. Plus, get best practices for protecting your accounts, company intellectual property, and online activity.

Develop your creative thinking and innovation skills

Learn how to generate innovative solutions in work situations. Review how to develop, design, and create new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, and products. Discover how to use creative and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

 

 

 

 

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Want to get into web design and development: Here are some great Lynda.com courses

Careers in web design and development    This short 30 minute video enables you to explore creative-oriented career paths in web design and development  including user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, internet marketing, graphic design and more.  Jen Kramer explains which personality types are best suited for each different career and the skills required as well as covering which tools are current in each field and why coding is still a key literacy for web designers.

Introduction to Web Design and Development. In this course which runs for just so 3 ½ hours, James Williamson introduces the essential concepts, tools, and learning paths for web design including what it means to be a web designer, areas to specialize in. He talks to five prominent designers and developers about their journey. Lastly, he outlines learning paths for where to go next including standards and accessibility, responsive design and the three core web technologies: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Succeeding in web development: Full stack and Front end If you are considering becoming a web developer there are a range of technologies and career options to explore. This course provides a map of thecore technologies and how to go about mastering them. The main responsibilities are shared between front-end developers who specialise in websites and back-end developers who work with serves and databases. Also there is the full-stack developer role who overseas all aspects of a project. This 1 hour course led by Ray Villalobos will also provide tips on what you need to connect these skills to jobs.

Web Programming Foundations Instructor Morten Rand-Henderson leads a fun and fast-paced course which takes you on a deep dive into the world wide web and the underlying structures you need to understand to build robust applications and websites. To be an effective web programmer you need to understand what happens when you enter an URL or lick on a link. This course provides that.

Needing to upgrade your IT skills for the post-covid world?

Our Lynda.com resource has fantastic resources to help you. This post introduces you to a range of videos on cloud computing including Cloud Architecture and Cloud Administration.

Cloud computing careers and certifications: First steps Thinking about a career in cloud computing, but don’t know where to begin? This course outlines the steps to a career path and certifications that you should consider if you are interested in transitioning to cloud computing. The course focuses on the major cloud platforms and looks at a variety of career paths including IT pro, developer, analyst and architect roles. The course is aimed at beginners and is 1hr 20 minutes .

Cloud Architecture: Core Concepts: This is another beginner’s level course running at 1 ½ hours.  The course aims to build your cloud computing skills by familiarizing you with the business and tech-related basics of creating a cloud architecture.   The course moves from the fundamentals  to the technical requirements and then leads you through the process of building your first architecture.

Careers in Cloud Computing: IT Pro to Microsoft Cloud Pro   This intermediate level course (1 hr 45 mins) is very relevant today as more and more businesses adopt cloud-based technologies.  Moving to cloud-based systems requires a new approach to IT management including a whole new suite of tools and skills.  This course equips IT professionals to shift their careers and embrace cloud technology, and focusses mainly on Microsoft cloud services.  However additional platforms such as Amazon Web Services is also covered.

Build your knowledge of Cloud Administration This valuable learning path (20 hours)  contains a series of videos which will enable you to have a good grasp of cloud principles and services including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform .  It also gives you a chance to practice what you have learned and to certify your achievement.  Te The module consists of 9 courses.

Needing to Retrain in post-Covid 19? Check out these great courses

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted many industries and professions resulting in many redundancies and necessitating people to hitherto would never have thought of needing to do so, make a transition to a different profession. I’ve included a couple of freely available articles which may be of use as well.

From the website Stuff yesterday was this Coronavirus: Where will the jobs be in a post-Covid-19 world?

Finding Jobs And Building Careers In The Age Of COVID-19 And Beyond From the Entrepreneur website.

Career Advice from Some of the Biggest Names in Business (2hrs 15mins)
This course, (recently updated) brings together the best insights from Lynda.com’s collection of interviews with LinkedIn influencers…including Richard Branson and Bill Gates. Each interview provides short and thoughtful tips you can use to propel your own career in the right direction.

Switching your career (1hr 10 mins)
The secret to successfully switching careers lies in identifying your transferable skills and creating personal and professional personas that work in your new industry…..You need to be able to convince employers you can make the leap to a new role or industry. Dr Dawn provides tips for rebranding yourself and nailing the interview by turning tough questions to your advantage.

Cloud computing careers and certifications: First steps (1hr 20mins)
Interested in transitioning to a career in cloud computing? Explore potential career paths and the certifications that can help you accelerate your professional transformation. Topics include:
IT pro roles: developer, analyst and architect
IT pro skills: virtualization, networking, and scripting
Certifications:AWS, Azure, GCP, and IBM
Programming languages
Cloud career paths
Emerging technologies and careers

Web Career Clinic (course 9hr 21m)
Get web career advice from veteran web designer Lauren Bacon. Interested in a career in web design, programming, UX, SEO, project management, or content development, this course is a great place to learn about the career options that are available to you.

Careers in Cloud Computing: IT Pro to Microsoft Cloud Pro This course equips IT professionals to shift their careers and embrace cloud technology…Andrew Bettany also helps you map where you may want to specialize, where you need to be skill-wise, and how to create a path to get there.

Resilience in a time of uncertainty and change

A month into lockdown and owners and employees of workplaces may be finding their resilience waning. Hopefully these Lynda.com courses below may offer some good guidance and help.

LEARNING PATH
Supporting Your Well-Being during Times of Change and Uncertainty
In this learning path, you can gain immediately applicable skills to support your well-being during times of change and uncertainty. Twenty curated courses cover topics such as practicing mindfulness and meditation; managing anxiety, depression, and stress; calming your mind; and restoring your body.

Embracing unexpected change
This 15 minute course explains how you can harness the power of change for your benefit, how to put change in the proper context, create the right perspective and ultimately become more resilient.

COURSE
Enhancing Resilience with Gemma Leigh Roberts
Being resilient will not only help you overcome challenges—it will help you thrive. Learn how to enhance your resilience with these tips. In this hour long course, Gemma Roberts shows how to create a proactive plan to build your resilience, maintain it in the face of challenges, and track your progress over time.

LEARNING PATH
Developing Resilience and Grit
In the face of change and uncertainty, learn how to build your resilience and cultivate mental agility. Resilience and grit will help you to cope with change and create productive shifts in thinking and perseverance.

COURSE
Building Resilience with Tatiana Kolovou
Learn how to bounce back from difficult situations, by building your “resiliency threshold,” with these training techniques. In this half hour course, she outlines five training techniques to prepare for difficult situations, and five strategies for reflecting on them afterward.

Enhancing your online presence for Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions

So many businesses will be thinking how can I convert my current face to face customers into online customers. Hopefully, some of these Lynda.com courses will help you with that.
Sales: Business to Consumer online sales
It is well-known that many consumers prefer the simplicity of online purchasing, but for many of us, everyday items are usually purchased face to face. If Covid-19 Level 4 restrictions are lifted soon, many businesses will need to sell online, in a non-contact way in order to remain afloat. In this course, learn about the opportunities of B2C.

Learning Shopify
Create a simple online store with Shopify, the trusted and easy-to-use ecommerce tool.

Developing adaptability as a manager
With digital transformation and disruption everywhere (ie our present situation) being adaptable is a foundational skills for managers allowing you to responds to change in a positive, resilient way, and seize new opportunities.

Social media marketing with Facebook and Twitter
This course teaches you how to use social media to promote your business, and learn how Facebook differs from Twitter and how to adjust your strategy to succeed on both platforms.

Communicating in a crisis

Even experienced Managers may be feeling challenged during this current crisis. I hope the following Lynda.com video courses prove helpful.

Advice for leaders during a crisis. In this video just uploaded on April 10, leading experts in crisis, leadership, and finance provide you with important methods to keep you and your team focused, inspired, and aligned during this unique time.

Crisis Communication In this 1hr course, Laura Bergells will talk you through how to communicate with key audiences in this crisis which impacts your business or brand.

Managing in difficult times What do leaders do to manage effectively in difficult times? It’s as much about what they do to prepare as it is about how they react.

Marketing during a crisis Learn how to reposition your brand during a crisis, take immediate actgion, re-evaluate the landscape, and understand the new consumer mindset.

Need help staying in focus and productive during the lockdown? I think we all do.

Productivity Tips: Setting Up Your Workplace with Dave Crenshaw

This shortish 40 minute video gives you quick tips for cultivating a workspace that makes it easier to stay focused, motivated, and productive. (It’s had over 2,500 views since it was loaded at the beginning of February)

Mixtape: Learning Highlights for Better Productivity with LinkedIn Learning Instructors This is a curated collection of insights from top LinkedIn courses on productivity. If you are particularly interested in any one of the courses, check out the full version of each course.

Productivity tips: finding your productive mindset – Dave Crenshaw
This hour length video has had over 8,000 views since it was released in January this year.

Dave Crenshaw shares bite-sized actionable tips for finding time in your routine to improve productivity and flexibility. Learn how to shake off negativity and add meaning to your workday.

Time Management: Working from Home with Dave Crenshaw
Another very useful and apt course which gives time management tips to stay productive and balanced when working from home part-time or full-time.

5 Ways to Control Your Time with Chris Croft
Find more time for what’s most important. Learn the 5 key time management strategies (from saying “no” to overcoming perfectionism) to reduce distractions and stay focused…

Tips on remote working – try Lynda.com free courses with your library card

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Now since so many people are working from home, I thought some e-learning courses on how to get the best results from working remotely would be a great place to start. All Lynda.com’s courses are available to target your own individual needs, so whether you are beginner, intermediate or experienced, or looking for a short or long-term course, Lynda.com has it all.

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Remote working – getting started

Learning Path

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
Optimize working remotely, whether you’re new to remote work or not, and whether you’re leading a team or part of a team involving distributed team members. Discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.

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Working Remotely with Mike Gutman
Learn best practices for working remotely. Use today’s cloud-based tools to stay productive, build culture, and work seamlessly with your team — anywhere there is internet.

(16 Courses, March 2020)

Remote working – empower yourself and your team

Learning Path

Become a Successful Remote Worker
Developing a professional career that embraces work flexibility is not just a dream. A partnership between FlexJobs and LinkedIn Learning, this learning path is designed to help you achieve a fulfilling career and the work flexibility to lead the life you want.

(4 Courses Feb 25, 2020)

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Leading at a Distance with Kevin Eikenberry
Lead effectively from a distance. Get tactics and strategies for empowering remote teams and team members, as well as teams that consist of remote and in-person employees.

If you have any other queries, we have a wealth of free curated online resources available remotely for our customer. I also offer an hour’s free research per separate topic for anyone with a Wellington City Libraries’ card. More in-depth research is available as well.